Vol. 3, Issue 10 (2016)
Acculturation: A psychological and sociological adaptation
Author(s): Anju Mehta, Dr. Nimisha Beri
Abstract: A new culture often challenges immigrant student’s values and beliefs. Due to change in language, academic system, loss of family and friends they are subjected to stress. As an individual or group of people immigrate they have to contact with a culture that is different from their own. After the contact there is reciprocal influence of the culture upon both groups. This period of contact with other culture is known as “Acculturation”. When an individual experience conflict with new culture, it result into acculturative stress. There is often a particular set of stressed behavior which occur during acculturation, such as lowered mental health status (confusion, anxiety, depression, feelings of marginality and alienation, heightened psychosomatic symptom level and identity confusion.